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Best Cupping Therapy in Bangalore

Cupping is no new concept. Celebrities like globally famed athletes and popular film stars have been known to embrace this ancient therapy. In this post, we are going to take a look at this traditional branch of alternative medicine.

History of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy has been said to be documented in many cultures across the world including Asia (China, Tibet, Korea), Africa (Egypt), Latin America. Hijama, horn treatment, and vacuum cupping are practised in different countries.

Concept of Using Cups for Therapy

Wonder how cups are used for therapy? It involves the placement of inverted cups with round rims on body parts to create a suction or vacuum on the skin. The cups may be heated up. The process may or may not be followed by massage, acupuncture, or any other form of alternative therapy. Fluids are drawn into the cupped area which may lead to broken vessels in the area that causes discolouration in that area of the skin.

Cupping Therapy Types

Materials of the cup may vary from glass or plastic cups to bamboo, ceramic, metal, or silicone.

Many kinds of methods are practised but most common are:

Dry cupping

Usually, a heated cup is used to create a vacuum by using up the oxygen inside. Some practitioners may use a suction device to create a vacuum.

Flash cupping

Therapists apply the cups in quick repetition. This kind of treatment is recommended for relief from congestion or increase in the circulation over a large area

Wet cupping

This technique involves controlled bleeding for medical needs. The skin is pricked with a needle or lancet to let a tiny quantity of blood flow out before placing the cups. The concept is to reduce inflammation and release toxins from within the body.

Fire cupping

It’s a dry method. The cup is preheated before placing it on the skin.

Oil cupping

After an oil massage, cups are attached to the skin and slid across. It’s a good option when the intent is to treat muscle spasms and aches.

Moxa cupping

This is an ancient Chinese practice and involves using the herb Mugwort, also known as Moxa, in combination with acupuncture if the patient complains of cold, cramps, or fatigue.

Best Candidates for Cupping Therapy

Practitioners advise cupping for patients who suffer from:

  • Stress-related headaches and body aches, anxiety, depression, migraines
  • Localised ailments like headache, lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain
  • Patients in good health condition may seek anti-ageing or rejuvenation treatment
  • Systemic illnesses like hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal disorders like frozen shoulder
  • Sports injuries like tennis elbow or knee injuries
  • People who want to improve flexibility
  • Athletes before an event preparation

Benefits of Therapeutic Cupping

Therapists advocate the effects of cupping process as:

  • Pain relief and muscle relaxation
  • Balanced distribution of energy
  • Improving blood circulation in targeted regions of the body

Risks of Cupping Therapy

Some beneficiaries may notice a few patches of discoloured skin or some bruising and scarring that usually goes away in a few days. A feeling of dizziness or light-headedness after therapy is also temporary. There is a risk of infections but a clinic set-up and proper care can rule it out.


Regarding this form of alternative therapy, there isn’t much information based on clinical research. So, pregnant or lactating women should avoid it. If you are on blood thinners or have bleeding disorders (haemophilia), conditions like deep vein thrombosis or stroke that is associated with blood clotting, skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, seizures (epilepsy) you should not go for this treatment.

Due to their fragile skin, kids under 4 years old and the elderly should avoid cupping therapy. Older children can take the treatment for a short time with enough intervals.

Dear Visitor,

If you are suffering from pain, soreness, stress, or wish to improve your range of motion, drop by the Physiotherapy Department of RxDx with some time in hand for the best cupping therapy in Bangalore. Our therapists will explain to you how best this adjunctive or supportive therapy can work along with other treatment programmes for your condition.